Siblings protect babies
AUSTRALIAN parents have been reminded of the importance of vaccinating older children against the flu to protect younger siblings from the potentially deadly virus.
A UK study of 400,000 Scottish children, published in the , found children under two years were twice as likely to be admitted to hospital with the flu if they have an older sister or brother. Dr Brian Oliver, who leads the Respiratory Molecular Pathogenesis Group at the University of Technology, Sydney and the Woolcock Institute, says parents can better protect babies by getting older siblings vaccinated. Newborns also get protection if mothers get the flu shot while pregnant, he says. “If you want to protect children ... make sure that other children (are) ... immunised.”